How does the imagination of adults and children differ?

Imaginative play is central to the ways in which children make meaning, enabling children to step out of the constant sense of lack of control and power due to being overpowered by adults. In doing so, children are able to create their own cultural world (Bronwyn Davies, an Australian independent scholar based in Sydney who focuses mainly on psychology and early childhood study), which is what I feel I have tried to achieve in my piece.  I have tried to produce meaning from a compilation of random images in an abstract way.

“I suggest that through the performance of personas the children play out multiple split, fragmented subjectivities and thus resist the restrictive humanist notion of identity as unitary and fixed.” (Hopkins,164: 16)

In “Children and Cultural Memory in Texts of Childhood”, Hopkins chapter focuses on the the way children play perform and resist methods of imaginative play.  Her main point of explanation refers to Arundhati Roy’s “The God of Small Things”, a novel written in 1998




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